Apple CEO Tim Cook at iPhone 7′s announcement event. Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez Did you hear about that MASSIVE, CRAZY iPhone rumor? No? Surely you...
Did you hear about that MASSIVE, CRAZY iPhone rumor? No? Surely you’ve seen these posts spam your Google news results. iPhone rumors and Apple leaks are highly lucrative for bloggers because they attract eyeballs, and I myself have been guilty of writing a few. But there comes a point when really cool news (next iPhone may be all glass with embedded fingerprint sensor!) grow stale and all these rumors become dumb clickbait.
Here are all the iPhone 8 rumors that are being spun 15 different ways by bloggers right now.
1: OMG! the next iPhone will have curved OLED screens!
2: WOW! the next iPhone will have wireless charging!
3: WHOA! the next iPhone won’t have a clicky home button!
4: WHAT!?! the next iPhone will have slimmer bezels!
5: CRAZY! the next iPhone will have a different sized screens!
Almost all of the above rumors are probably true. They do, after all, come from very reliable sources (chief among them is Taiwanese analyst Kuo Ming-chi, who really should start charging these bloggers from reusing his material over and over with different sensational headlines).
But none of the above, by the time the next iPhone comes out 10 months from now, will even be remotely new. OLED screens can be found on everything from overpriced Samsung phones to cheap Xiaomi phones for years. Wireless charging has been around for years. LG’s been making phones with no clicky home button for at least four years. Slimmer bezels? Don’t even get me started... Apple should have trimmed those things two years ago. A new screen size on top of the standard 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch … is news?
Don’t get me wrong, iPhone rumors are worth reporting if there’s something genuinely new or exciting, but so far, the batch of rumors are old news. I’ve written about the iPhone 7 being boring for almost the entire year, and now even Apple is conceding that’s the case, as they’re reducing orders for iPhone 7 to prepare for the iPhone 8 instead, according to Taiwanese news site Digitimes.
By the way, if you haven’t deduced this yet — though Apple is an American company, all the action is happening in Chinese speaking soil. The phones are made in China, which is where all the leaks come from. And the biggest leaker/predictor of iPhone news is based in Taiwan. The fact is the best smartphone tech comes from Asia now. iPhones haven’t innovated since the iPhone 4; Asian phonemakers have been making superior products for years.